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Upon whom today would you make the bracha - Baruch Attah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam She’chalak Mei’chochmaso Li’rei’av, that He bestowed of His wisdom to those who fear Him (Gemara Brachos 58a)? I'm looking for either A) and outline of what that person must know or (better) B) a list of people currently living.

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I make it whenever Alex comes in to Chat. – Double AA May 25 '12 at 17:35
the comments at this related question might be applicable here as well. – Double AA May 25 '12 at 17:35
@DoubleAA I was intentionally trying to avoid the 'who is a gadol' topic as I think that is totally subjective. But this is a halachic requirement. – user1520 May 25 '12 at 17:57
Every time I look in the mirror – Baal Shemot Tovot May 25 '12 at 18:04
@asifahnik I don't why those are mutually exclusive. – Double AA May 25 '12 at 18:10

According to the Yeshiva World News, a few weeks ago HaRav Haim Kanievsky Shelit"a said this Beracha when he went to visist HaRav Elyashiv ZS"L.

At about 36:00 minutes in this video someone blessed the blessing over Hacham Ovadia Shelit"a entering and everyone answered Amen. If you look intently Hacham Yitzhak Shelit"a nodded when he heard the Beracha and might have even answered Amen.

A big Talmid Hacham, who is famous in Torah knowledge and fear of God, and makes decisions and rulings for the nation of Israel, one should bless "Shehalak" over them.

דין תלמיד חכם נוהג גם בזמן הזה לרוב הענינים, ולכן גם בזמן הזה הרואה תלמיד חכם גדול, המופלג בתורה וביראת ה' ומורה הוראות בישראל, יש לברך עליו בשם ומלכות ''שחלק מחכמתו ליראיו''.

Yalkut Yosef, Yoreh Deah 242:1

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+1. How do you know the Rav Kanievsky story? – msh210 May 25 '12 at 19:04
@msh210 theyeshivaworld.com/article.php?p=124089 (and BTW, yes it is Mutar to check the news to know the news-see Shulhan Aruch HaMidot,Midat HaSimha ch. 4). – Hacham Gabriel May 25 '12 at 19:17
If you could source this pesak of Hacham Ovadiah it would greatly improve your answer. – Double AA Dec 13 '12 at 1:09
Thanks!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ – Double AA Dec 14 '12 at 3:47

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